The Big Boss

Family Photo Born in San Francisco, Bruce Lee grew up in Hong Kong. The son of a Cantonese opera and film star, Lee as a child appeared in 20 Chinese films. His first starring role was in a movie called "The Kid," playing alongside his father.

But after Lee got knock off van cleef pearl necklace involved with street gangs in Hong Kong, his father shipped him off to America, where he would settle in Seattle.

Linda Lee Cadwell was Linda Emery in 1963 when she met Lee at the University of Washington. She described him to correspondent Anthony Mason as "a cute Chinese guy. He was dynamic. From the very first moment I met him, I thought, 'This guy is something else.'"

They would marry and have two children.

"The Green Hornet" Bruce Lee taught martial arts classes, first in Seattle and later in Los Angeles, where his students included Steve McQueen and James Coburn. Those martial arts skills landed Lee the role of Kato on "The Green Hornet" in 1966 (left, with Van Williams).

"That was huge," said Hwang, the Tony Award winning playwright ("M. Butterfly"). Before then, Hwang told Mason, American audiences were usually fed stereotypical Asian characters, like Charlie Chan (who was actually played by a white actor). Silliphant van cleef and arpels necklace butterfly imitation later wrote a character for Lee to play in the TV series "Longstreet," who imparted wisdom to the blind investigator played by James Franciscus.

Credit: MGM

Writings Bruce Lee developed a form of martial

arts called Jeet Kune Do, whose purpose, he said, was "to simplify."

He wrote, "Art is the expression of the self. The more complicated and restricted the

method, the less the opportunity for expression of one's original sense of

freedom. Though they play an important role in the early stage, the

techniques should not be too mechanical, complex or restrictive. If we cling

blindly to them, we shall eventually become bound by their limitations .

"The highest technique

is to have van cleef style necklace replica no technique. My technique is a result of your technique; my

movement is a result of your movement."

Gravesite Yuki Shigeoka of Tokyo places incense at the gravesite of martial arts leader and movie star Bruce Lee, at a cemetery in Seattle, Wash., on July 20, 1998, the 25th anniversary of Lee's death. The 33 year old Shigeoka has been interested in Lee since age seven, when he saw an "Enter the Dragon" poster in Tokyo.

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